Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Spring Etsy Style Finds

With spring in full swing, it’s time to clear the clutter and refresh your environment with new treasures to inspire and delight! Here are my Top 5 Etsy shops for spring:

1. For your closet: Alexandra Grecco

Brooklyn based fashion designer, Alexandra Grecco, combines silky fabrics with sultry shapes to create unique, vintage-inspired pieces that will take you from boudoir to ballroom.  

From floral crowns to scalloped shorts and shimmery nude slip dresses, it’s time to kick your old loungewear to the curb and embrace these pretty pieces for your own little taste of spring fever!

The Cinema Tea Gown. Silk tulle lined with silk charmeuse. USD $280 (left)
The Harlow Sweetheart Top. Silk crepe de chine & silk tulle. USD $298 (right)

The Tightrope Blouse. Silk. USD $160.
2. For your body: Petite Threla
In a world where we’re increasingly aware of not only what goes into our body, but also what goes back out into the environment, Petite Threla’s natural beauty products prove that a little thoughtfulness can go a long way.

Formulated completely from scratch, this full range of paraben-free body scrubs, lip balms, home fragrances, and skincare will tickle your fancy with yummy scents like chai tea, coconut lime, and honey pear. 
All Natural Facial Tube Set. USD $18 (right)
Peach Dew Body Mist. 2 oz bottle. USD $9 (left)
Pomegranate Body Soap. 4 oz bar. USD $16
3. For your home: Haven Vintage

Spruce up your home with a chic nod to the past and the help of Haven Vintage! Showcasing beautifully detailed pieces that might otherwise be tarnished or tossed, shop owner Colleen re-imagines each piece into an everyday heirloom that brings character to any space.

Recently voted by Lonny magazine as one of the top vintage home décor shops on Etsy, make sure you snap up these one-of-a-kind treasures before they disappear!

Vintage Letterpress Drawer. Pine wood. USD $52 (right)
Vintage Silver Plate Footed Compote. USD $32 (left)
Vintage Pair of Mason Ball Jars. USD $24
4. For your quest to find the perfect bag: Sketchbook

In our elusive search for “the one”, a bag that not only marries form and function, but also serves as the perfect companion for lunch dates, trips to the farmers’ market, and your daily commute, look no further than Sketchbook’s line of classic carryalls for people on the go.

Constructed with natural materials such as cotton, leather and wool, the clean lines and streamlined colour palette will ensure these bags carry you through season after season.

The Passenger Bag. 100% wool coating. USD $150 (right)
The Camper Satchel. 100% wool coating. USD $160 (left)
The Great Outdoors Backpack. 100% cotton. USD $175
5. For your sense of beauty and adventure: Irene Suchocki

Dreaming of your next big getaway, but stranded with a dwindling travel fund? Bring the world to your doorstep with the alluring fine art photography of Irene Suchocki.

Whether it’s a sun-drenched Mediterranean coastline or the kiss of dawn on the Paris rooftops, this Montreal based artist captures the world as a place full of whimsy, beauty and surprise.

Paris is a Feeling. 8 x 10 fine art photograph printed on luster paper. USD $30 (right)
When in Venice.  8 x 10 fine art photograph printed on luster paper. USD $30 (left)
Laundry Day. 8 x 8 fine art Polaroid printed on luster paper. USD $30.

Amy Ng is a freelance writer and culture enthusiast currently working in the not-for-profit arts sector. You can follow her adventures at www.lai-mai.blogspot.com and www.twitter.com/laimai

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